Five years on from the release of their last album, it looks like the Arctic Monkeys are finally getting ready to step back into the spotlight. After a three-year hiatus from the stage, the band has just announced plans to headline Delaware's Firefly Music Festival, alongside the likes of Eminem, The Killers and Kendrick Lamar.
But that's not all. According to NME, the group published an Instagram Story with a bunch of mysterious dates which could also point to tour dates at Mad Cool festival in Madrid, Barcelona's Primavera Sound and Belgium's Rock Werchter.
The latest announcement seems to confirm comments made by the group's bassist Nick O'Malley several months ago concerning new music. During an interview with For the Ride back in September, the Arctic Monkey explained that the band had been recording their sixth album in an undisclosed location in London.
He also noted that the project was set for release at some point in 2018. AM, the band's last album, dates back to 2013 meaning the boys from Sheffield have been off the grid for some time now – unusual considering they used to roll out an album at one or two-year intervals.
Up to recently, frontman Alex Turner had been busy with his side group The Last Shadow Puppets, which reunited in 2016 to tour second album, Everything You've Come to Expect. Check out more details about Firefly Music Festival, set to take place in June, right here.
The Woodlands are calling— Firefly Festival (@LiveAtFirefly) 11 janvier 2018
Passes on sale Friday, 1/12 at 10am ET. Special one-day pricing available Friday only till 11:59pm ET! pic.twitter.com/O4ZPLdgLwy